Yesterday I received an email which invited me to join a course entitled “Becoming the Master of Your Mind.”
Here is the invitation from this course.
Millions of smart, sensitive, and creative individuals face the sorts of challenges that Dr. Eric Maisel, America’s foremost creativity coach, has been addressing for over thirty years.
But the only challenge they have real control over is getting a grip on their own mind.
Philosophers from Marcus Aurelius to the Buddha have proclaimed this to be our essential human task and cognitive-behavioural therapy (CBT) is the modern way this age-old message is delivered.
That’s why CBT is quickly gaining popularity, so much so in fact, that it is the primary therapy provided by the British Health Service.
The central message of Buddhism and CBT are true: you are what you think.
This might be a course worth exploring for anyone who suffers from anxiety. I have found CBT to be of benefit for myself.
There is a statement within this course description that needs to be clarified if your interest is in learning how to start spiritual awakening.
This is the statement “You are what you think.”
This is true of the personality. However, the journey of spirituality is the journey beyond identification with the personality (meaning mask) and beyond identification with thought.
Buddha did not claim, “You are what you think.”
No enlightened individual makes the mistake of confusing the personality with the True Self.
You are personally what you think but spiritual awakening reveals that the personality is not who you are.
The focus of Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) is learning to be a witness of the thoughts that arise in your mind but not become attached to them.
In this way you learn how not to be drawn into the drama that negatively impacts your personal life.
In wisdom teachings this is recognised as the practice of witnessing.
Being simply a witness you are at the highest peak of consciousness, and when you are at the highest peak of consciousness, from there you can look at the deepest depth of your being – Osho
Anyone who begins the journey of spiritual awakening learns that they are the witness and not the thoughts in their mind nor the emotions that attach to such thinking.
The witness is not the thinker. The witness is the observer of the thoughts. You are the witness. You are the Still Point Centre. You are consciousness.
This is you beyond identification with thought and form.
This is you beyond ideas about yourself and your story about your past or plans for the future. The modern spiritual teacher Eckhart Tolle refers to this as Presence.
The gradual evolution of thinking has come to a point where humans tend to overthink – Eckhart Tolle – Spiritual Teacher.